South Korean giant Samsung Electronics today announced that it has developed the industry’s first 14nm based 16GB LPDDR5X DRAM for smartphones, servers, and automobiles.
Based on 14nm architecture, LPDDR5X is a next-generation mobile DRAM designed to significantly boost speed, capacity and power savings for future 5G applications.
“In recent years, hyperconnected market segments such as AI, augmented reality (AR) and the metaverse, which rely on extremely fast large-scale data processing, have been rapidly expanding,” said SangJoon Hwang, Senior Vice President and Head of the DRAM Design Team at Samsung Electronics.
“Our LPDDR5X will broaden the use of high-performance, low-power memory beyond smartphones and bring new capabilities to AI-based edge applications like servers and even automobiles.”
The LPDDR5X DRAM will offer data processing speeds of up to 8.5 gigabits per second (Gbps), which is 1.3 times faster than the 6.4 Gbps speed of LPDDR5. It will also consume nearly 20% less power than the previous LPDDR5 memory, which according to Samsung, makes it very suitable for smartphones with 5G support that consume a lot of energy when running on 5G networks.
In addition, the 16GB LPDDR5X chip will enable up to 64 gigabytes (GB) per memory package, accommodating increasing demand for higher-capacity mobile DRAM worldwide.
Later this year, Samsung will begin collaborating with global chipset manufacturers to introduce LPDDR5X technology for establishing a more viable framework for the expanding world of digital reality.
While Samsung has not mentioned when it plans to debut the LPDDR5X memory chips in the market, we can expect them to get featured in the upcoming Galaxy S22 series in 2022.